‘OughtWe’ – our Decision Support app

Coming soon – our free app to help you make decisions.

Decisions which are informed, transparent, and rigorous.

‘OughtWe’ is currently with our design partners

User reviews will then inform development, and any necessary adjustments before launch.

Seven – plus or minus two – elements

Limiting to seven recognises the need to achieve a balance between the two important principles of (1) to focus on what is necessary to be sufficient; and (2) to recognise that humans operate within the constraints ‘bounded rationality’ known popularly as the 7 plus or minus 2 rule.


ScreenFlow – Establish Context (click on image above to download PDF)
A – Establishing context

1. Describe the problem/opportunity to be addressed.

This might be a short statement (a sentence or a phrase) – with supporting information describing the context.

2. Identify potential solutions/action-options.

Include a word or short phrase plus a description of the option with a rationale of why it is a contender.

(This list can be added to/edited at any stage of the decision-making process).

3. Identify assessment criteria. What are important considerations for this particular decision?

Build on the list provided below, editing as necessary to reflect your context.

a Cost

How affordable is this option? How cost-effective is it?

b Timing

Are the beneficial effects of this option likely to be quickly realised?

c Continuity

Will the effects of the application of this option be ongoing, long-term, or short-term?

d Risk reduction

What proportion of potential losses will this option prevent?

e Administration

Can this option be easily administered, or will its application be ineffective because of difficulty of administration or lack of expertise?

f Compatibility

How compatible is this option with others that may be adopted?

g Risk creation

Will this option itself introduce new risks?

(Reference: This set of criteria – which has stood the test of time – is adapted from the work of Foster, H.D. 1980, Disaster Planning, Springer-Verlag, New York; and developed by Emergency Management Australia, 2004, in the Emergency Risk Management – Applications Guide)

4. To reflect your values, and your context, weigh the assessment criteria.

Which criteria are more important to you?

Record the rationales for your attributed weightings.


ScreenFlow – Assessment and Action Planning (click on image above to download PDF)
B – Assessing options

5. Score each Option against each of the Criteria.

Record the rationales behind each of these scores.


C – Planning actions

6. Action plans can then record the implementation of preferred solutions – with each action plan capturing data fields and reporting which should cover what is needed to be done; and what is needed to do it.

For each thing that needs to be done, monitor whether it is:

  • On/Off track
  • On/Off time
  • On/Off budget

7. Consultation and Communication are not “last”. Indeed they are a key requirement for every step to be successful. From emailing reports to informally sharing screens, a range of options to meet your needs.